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Imperial College Students are invited to attend a two part workshop to help improve emotional resilience.
The workshops will be on 10th May and 21st June 2018 6.00-7.30pm
The workshops will look at;
- Identifying triggers of stress
- Working with and regulating difficult emotions
- Learning self soothing techniques
- Improving one’s feelings of self-worth
- Developing explicit networks of support
- Managing a better work/life balance
The workshops will be six weeks apart and students are required to attend both.
Workshops are held at Imperial College Health Centre, 40 Princes Gardens, London, SW7 1LY
No more places available for 2017/18 workshops. Information on workshops in the new academic 2018/19 will be released in the next few months.
Are you due your next Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccination?
If you have had a MMR vaccination in October 2017 you may be due your booster MMR vaccination. It is important to have had all the necessary doses to increase your immunity against these diseases.
If your next vaccination is now due then please contact the reception team on 020 7584 6301 to book an appointment with a Practice Nurse.
The Health Centre will be closed on the following bank holiday dates;
Monday 25th December
Tuesday 26th December
Monday 1st January
Please see our information regarding when we are closed for information on accessing primary care services during these dates.
Work and Exam Performance Workshops – A Cognitive Behavioural Approach
The Health Centre will be hosting Work and Exam Performance Workshops for the 2017/18 academic year.
This is a 90 minute workshop examining, in depth, the anxiety experienced during examination or performance periods and the different ways to manage it.
Please note these workshops are for Imperial College students only.
There will be a limited number of spaces available. Spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis.
Imperial College Health Centre welcomes all new freshers. We have compiled a welcome letter which we strongly recommend you take some time to read as it has important information on how to register and vaccinations details. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact our reception team.
For further information on how to register with us please visit our registrations page.
It is advised that all patients aged 16-24 years old should complete 2 doses of Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR) and all students attending university for the first time are recommended to have one dose of Meningitis ACW&Y vaccination – When you register you will need to advise us of your vaccination history and we will need the dates. If you have not had and MMR or Meningitis ACW&Y or have not completed the course you will need to come to one of the following nurses clinics. It is very important that you are fully immunised in the first few weeks of coming to university.
September – Afternoon Appointments
We will be running a MMR and Meningitis ACWY clinic on the afternoon of 27th September, which are bookable appointments.
October – Early Evening Clinics
We will be running MMR and Meningitis ACWY clinics on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th between 17:00 – 19:00 for patients. You can attend these clinics without making an appointment.
October – Afternoon Clinics
We have bookable appointments between 14:00 – 16:30 on Tuesday 3rd and 10th October.
There are also clinics will also be running every Wednesday afternoon throughout the month – you will need to book an appointment with our reception team.
Registration with the Practice is mandatory if you wish to attend any of the vaccination clinics.
We are now taking bookings for the influenza vaccination. Please call 020 7584 6301 or visit the Health Centre to organise an appointment.
Please check below to see if you are eligible for a vaccination.
Flu is an unpredictable virus that can cause mild or unpleasant illness in most people. It can cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups including older people, pregnant women and people with an underlying health condition.
Certain people are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. These people are advised to have a flu jab each year.
For otherwise healthy people, flu can be very unpleasant. Most people will recover from flu within a week or two.
People who should have a flu jab
The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to ensure they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications.
You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you:
- are 65 years of age or over
- are pregnant
- have certain medical conditions
- are very overweight
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
- receive a carer’s allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
- are a front-line health and social care worker. It is your employer’s responsibility to arrange vaccination for you
65s and over and the flu jab
You are eligible for the flu vaccine this year (2016-17) if you are aged 65 and over on March 31 2017 – that is, you were born on or before March 31 1952. So, if you are currently 64 but will be 65 on March 31 2017, you do qualify.
Pregnant women and the flu jab
If you’re pregnant, you’re advised to have the injectable flu vaccine, regardless of the stage of pregnancy you’ve reached.
That’s because there’s strong evidence to suggest pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu.
If you’re pregnant, you will benefit from the flu vaccine because:
- it reduces your chance of getting serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy
- it reduces your risk of having a miscarriage, or your baby being born prematurely or with a low birth weight because of the flu
- it will help protect your baby as they will continue to have some immunity to flu for the first few months of their life
It’s safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy from conception onwards. The vaccine doesn’t carry any risks for you or your baby. Talk to your GP, midwife or pharmacist if you want more information.
Flu jab for people with medical conditions
The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to anyone with a serious long-term health condition. That includes these types of illnesses:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma (which requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease ormotor neurone disease
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medication such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
This list of conditions isn’t definitive. It’s always an issue of clinical judgement.
Your GP can assess you individually to take into account the risk of flu exacerbating any underlying illness you may have, as well as your risk of serious illness from flu itself.
The vaccine should always be offered in such cases, even if you are not technically in one of the risk groups above.
If you live with someone who has a weakened immune system, you may also be advised to have a flu vaccine. Speak to your GP or pharmacist about this.
Flu vaccine for children
The flu vaccine is recommended for:
- children over the age of six months with a long-term health condition
- all children aged two to eight (but not nine years or older) on 31 August 2017
Flu jabs for carers
If you care for someone who is elderly or disabled, speak to your GP or pharmacist about having a flu jab along with the person you care for.
Read more about the flu jab for carers on the Carers UK website.
Information above courtesy of NHS Choices.
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Ask your local pharmacist for advice – your pharmacist can give you advice about many common minor illnesses – such as diarrhoea, minor infections, headaches, sore throats – or travel health.
Make an appointment with your GP if you are feeling unwell and it is not an emergency.
Call NHS 111 if you urgently need medical help or advice but it’s not a life-threatening situation. You can also call NHS 111 if you’re not sure which NHS service you need.
Call 999 if someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk.
Dr Irene Weinreb our Senior Partner will be retiring from General Practice on the 30th September 2017 following over 30 years of service. Dr Weinreb has been an integral part of shaping student services for both Imperial College London and the Royal College of Music. The Partners and all of the team at the Health Centre wish her the very best for her retirement.
If Dr Weinreb is your accountable GP, we will shortly be advising you who your new accountable GP will be as of 1st October 2017.